In 2020 more nonprofits and businesses will continue towards making their website accessible and welcoming to all. This all started with the Americans with Disabilities Act to improve access to websites for people with disabilities. This hits consumer-focused businesses the most – restaurants, eCommerce, hotels, tourism, real estate, etc.
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) were created to standardize what is considered accessible and compliant. This includes small details like images having descriptive alternative text, and form buttons that have descriptive text and text labels. However, these guidelines can also inform larger design choices. To accommodate color blind web users, for example, interactive elements on a page must not use color as their only distinguishing aspect.
There is much, much more to web accessibility, and different complications for each industry and business. One thing is for sure web designers and developers will need to educate themselves and know how to work with these new requirements in mind!
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